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Tips for Staying Well in the Time of Coronavirus – UNLV NewsCenter

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 1:44 am

Editor's Note: Anne Weisman, directorof wellness and integrative medicine at the UNLV School of Medicine,specializes in integrating massage therapy and other wellness practices into the care and treatment of patients.

Always focused on wellness and particularly in this time of coronavirus the UNLV School of Medicine has several suggestions for remaining healthy.

First, of course, you should follow all of the COVID-19 prevention guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Because anxiety and stress can significantly impact immunity, the school has compiled some ideas from a variety of resources that may help you relax.

BREATHE: Sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes or softly gaze at the floor. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. As you breathe in through your nose think of the word "soft" and as you exhale, think of the word "belly." As you continue to breathe this way, notice your abdomen and notice it feeling soft and relaxed. When we breathe this way, our vagus nerve is taking us out of fight-or-flight and back into the present moment. Continue to breathe this way. If thoughts come, let them come and return back to the words "soft" and "belly."

MIND/BODY MEDICINE GROUPS: Email Dr. Anne Weisman, the School of Medicine's director of wellness, to sign up for online mind/body medicine groups. These groups will be for eight weeks, two hours a week, and limited to eight-12 people per group. Mind/body medicine teaches us skills to regulate our nervous systems naturally and easily. As we fill the groups, we will pick the day of the week and times that work best for you.

STAY PRESENT: The tenet of mindfulness is to bring your awareness into the present moment. Try not to fast forward or rewind right now by imagining the future or going back into the past. Be where your feet are and bring your awareness into the present moment.

SLEEP: Please use these days to practice self-care. Get your seven to nine hours of sleep and feel proud about hitting that benchmark. Guess what sleep does for your immunity?

JOURNAL: Write for a few minutes. Some prompts include: Write three things you are grateful for; Write a dialogue with a symptom, issue, or concern. Use this prompt as if you were writing a script and think of what comes up for you and then ask it a question. Write freely for five to seven minutes.

KEEP MOVING: You can still go outside for a walk. Go for lots of walks outside. Here is what walking does for your immune system. And here'swhat nature does for your immune system. Each of us will be dealing with this new level of stress. Moving keeps your immunity up and the sunshine is great for vitamin D. Many exercise streaming services are currently offering free access, too, such as Daily Burn, Les Mills, and PVolve.

GET THINGS DONE: Clean out a closet, your cabinets, or your car. Set items aside to donate later.

LEARN: Use this time to learn something new. Watch instructional videos on cooking, baking, gardening, playing a musical instrument, writing a screenplay, or any topic you've always wondered about.

PAMPER: Do a face mask, meditate, stretch, or nap!

CRAFT: Paint, draw, doodle, color, scrapbook. It's all mindful and meditative in nature.

CONNECT: FaceTime, phone, text your family and friends. Write a letter to an elder or a soldier. Set up Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime chats to connect with your friends, family, and colleagues.

LAUGH: Try to find something that lightens your day whether its a movie, TV show, meme, or cat video! Laughter is the best medicine.

PLAY WITH YOUR PETS: Think about how happy your pets are that you are home. Play with them and enjoy the love they always give you.

Finally, here is a story that Walk With A Doc sent this week along with some of the tips included above:

There's an iconic nephrologist in Columbus named Lee Hebert, MD. He told us a story on kidney rounds I will never forget. Thousands of years ago, on a gorgeous tropical island, all the trees were talking amongst themselves. A horrible, deadly storm was scheduled to pass through that night. The oak trees said, "We're Mighty Oaks, we're going to stand tall and strong. Nothing is going to mess with us!"

The palm trees said, "So this thing is just supposed to last a few hours? We'll just lean over and let the storm come through." Well, the storm came as scheduled and the following morning there wasn't a single oak within 75 miles of this island. That same morning, every single palm tree yawned, rubbed its eyes, stood tall, and looked around at all its beautiful palm tree neighbors.

Let's be palm trees together.

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COVID-19 will overwhelm Austin-area hospitals unless social contact is drastically cut, UT researchers say – Austin American-Statesman

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 1:44 am

Researchers at the University of Texas say hospitals in the Austin-Round Rock area will be overwhelmed by coronavirus cases unless the community takes action to drastically reduce person-to-person contact.

In the report released Thursday, lead author and UT professor Lauren Ancel Meyers presented a number of scenarios based on the assumed rate of transmission and the severity of the coronavirus for different age groups. Meyers, a professor of integrative biology and statistics and data sciences, found the number of cases in the Austin-Round Rock area doubles about every four days. The report also found each infected person passes the virus on to 2.2 others, and about 1 in 20 people who contract the coronavirus in the area will be hospitalized.

Meyers emphasized much of the data is still preliminary.

"There is still much we do not understand about the transmission dynamics of this virus, including the extent of asymptomatic infection and transmission. We update our model inputs on a daily basis, as our understanding of the virus improves," she said.

UTs pandemic model shows that reducing daily contacts in the community by 50% or 75% may not be sufficient to prevent an unmanageable surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations in Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell and Hays counties. Even if the community reduces contacts by 75%, researchers predict more than 18,000 people will need hospitalization. The estimated total daily hospital capacity in the area is about 4,000 beds, according to the report.

In order to ensure the Austin-Round Rock area has enough hospital beds, ventilators and other resources, the community must reduce daily contacts with people by 90%, projections suggest.

The report was shared with Austin city leaders earlier this week, researchers said. On Thursday, coronavirus cases rose to 137 in Travis County, with 27 cases being reported in Williamson County and 13 in Hays County. Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday 1,424 people in Texas have tested positive for the virus, including family members of UT President Gregory L. Fenves and the UT dean of undergraduate studies.

Travis and Williamson counties issued shelter-in-place orders this week, restricting residents from leaving their homes, except for necessary errands like medicine, groceries and individual physical exercise. But Meyers and Clay Johnston, dean of the Dell Medical School, say its hard to understand just how effective those measures are. On Wednesday, for instance, dozens of Austinites were seen gathered on the shores of Barton Creek, despite a mandate from city and county officials to stay home.

"Its not just policies, its attitudes," Johnston said. "Its all of us being concerned, even before the mayor and county judge change rules about the number of social contacts."

While theres no definite way of tracking peoples social contacts, data analysts at the business strategy company Unacast have attempted to analyze Americans travel habits by creating a social distancing scoreboard, which calculates the average distance a person travels by tracking cell phone activity.

According to the analysis, Texans have reduced their travel distances by nearly 40% since the start of March. But Johnston said such a model could underestimate the impact of social distancing policies like a shelter-in-place mandate, because they dont account for isolated travel, like walking the dog or going for a run.

Still, Meyers and Johnston said the impact of social distancing on reducing the transmission of COVID-19 is immediate.

"As soon as we stop coming in contact with each other, we are preventing infected people from in contact with people who could become infected," Meyers said.

Area hospitals have already begun making room for the anticipated onslaught of coronavirus cases, and are identifying possibilities for surge capacity, such as converting clinic spaces or unused parts of the building to treat more patients, Johnston said. If hospitals run out of space, they may look to places like the Austin Convention Center, the Frank Erwin Center, or other large public buildings to set up treatment centers, he said.

"We are preparing for the worst and hoping thats unnecessary," Johnston said. "But it all depends on the behavior today of the public."

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COVID briefs, March 26, 2020 – The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 1:44 am

Sharefest Postponed

The ShareFest 2020 event, planned for April 2526, has been postponed, according to event chairwoman, Debe Colby.

Its a given that because of the COVID-19 virus that the event take place at a later date, Colby said.

When we have a better understanding of how the community and nation will proceed, we will get together and determine and new ShareFest date, she said.

The website will be closed for submitting needs, as will the phone number.

Thirty-two churches are participating this year.

That was a tough call but it was necessary, Colby said.

Grand Valley Power

Grand Valley Power has extended its office closure through April 17.

As the electric supplier for over 18,000 households and businesses in Mesa County, we understand that we provide a critical service to the families and the communities we serve, said Grand Valley Power Chief Executive Officer, Tom Walch in a news release.

This is a responsibility that we take very seriously. We are taking this action to protect against the spread of COVID-19 to our workforce and in our communities. Rest assured, Grand Valley Power is prepared and equipped to deal with this situation. We will continue to execute our response plan taking the necessary steps and precautions to provide essential electric services, he said.

Grand Valley Power will continue to work remotely and provide customer service on all accounts. Crews will remain on hand to perform critical system maintenance and respond to power interruptions.

Go to or call 242-0040 for information.


The states entire congressional delegation sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting that Colorado be one of a dozen states to receive special waivers to give it more flexibility in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

The waivers, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is only offering to a handful of states, would give Colorado the ability to better deal with the current crisis, specifically when it comes to patients and health care providers dealing with Medicaid.

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the states single state Medicaid agency, submitted (a waiver request) designed to reduce administrative burdens on clients seeking access to care, on the states Medicaid program and on providers seeking to participate in Medicaid, the states nine-member congressional delegate wrote to Azar.

This three-pronged approach will free up valuable state resources during a time when, more than ever, Coloradans need seamless access to care and the state needs to devote as many resources as possible to the COVID-19 response.

State Prisons

The Colorado Department of Corrections updated its COVID-19 plan this week, including limiting its staffing and expanding its video visitation options.

The DOC headquarters in Colorado Springs has been closed and facilities across the state have started implementing staffing plans that will limit who is in the facilities and offices at any given time, according to a press release from CDOC.

CDOC is also temporarily suspending arrests of parolees for low-level technical parole violations in order to help aid the criminal justice system in not overloading the jails. These violations may include things like not being able to locate employment, establish a residence, see their parole officer in person, and more, according to CDOC. Video visitation options have also been expanded and the departments phone vendor agreed to provide inmates with a free 10-minute phone call per week during the crisis.

Law enforcement, jails

Gov. Jared Polis issued new guidelines for law enforcement agencies, including advising increased use of summonses when there is no public safety risk. He also laid out how to best deal with potential COVID-19 cases and methods to lower the number of individuals held in custody.

When contacting someone who is a public safety risk and appears ill or has COVID-19, officers should have personal protective equipment, the guidance said. They should also put a surgical mask on the arrestee to limit potential virus exposure and transmission risk. When the contact is not for an immediate public safety violation, adhering to social distancing directives, limiting the amount of time exposed to the violator, and avoiding exchanging documents through hand-to-hand contact were all advised.

The guidance also suggests prioritizing arrests of serious and violent offenses over non-violent crimes.

At detention facilities, the individual should be isolated from the general population, but should not receive punitive measures and should have ample access to comfort, entertainment and activity-related materials allowed by their custody level, according to the guidance.

At the Mesa County Jail, in-person visitation was suspended last week and any fees associated with off-site video visitation have been waived. For more information on changes from the Mesa County Sheriffs Office visit

Court cases

Mesa County Court remains open for limited business and court proceedings.

For any court customer service needs and before conducting business in person with the clerks office, 21st Judicial District Court Executive Williams J. Sightler III asked you call 970-257-3640 and the court staff will determine if what you need can be completed over the phone or online.

For any probation customer service needs, call 970-257-3600.

food drive

The Salvation Army Grand Junction Corps will be at the Mesa Mall, Target wing, from 10 a.m.4 p.m., today through Saturday to collect food for those who have fallen on hard times, due to COVID-19.

The Salvation Army recognizes the need many are experiencing here in Mesa County due to food shortages caused by the COVID-19 virus, a news release said.

Our food assistance program is always open to those in need and we want to offer our program to all who need an extra hand. Please bring your nonperishable items and we will distribute the food as needed to those in our community through our Food Assistance Program.

If you or your family is need of food, call The Salvation Army at 970-644-5655 for information.

Veterans Cemetery

All events at Veterans Memorial Cemetery are postponed until further notice in response to COVID-19.

Starting Monday, all committal services and rendering of military funeral honors, whether by military personnel or volunteer organizations, will not be conducted until further notice at VA national cemeteries and the State of Colorado Veterans Memorial Cemetery, according to the new procedures from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Immediate family members (limited to no more than 10 people) can choose to witness the interment if desired.

The Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, will continue to provide scheduling services to reschedule committals or interments for later dates. To schedule a burial, call 970-263-8986.

Families are asked to contact the Veterans Memorial Cemetery to postpone the interment as soon as possible.

Special County meeting

The Mesa County Board of Commissioners is holding a special meeting at 11 a.m. today to discuss actions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The commissioners also will receive more briefings from various community organizations, such as Ute Water and Grand Valley Irrigation.

Because of orders to restrict large gatherings, the public wont be allowed inside the commissioners meeting room, but that access, which allows members of the public to speak, is at or by calling 1-408-650-3123 and using the access code 768884517.


During this struggle with new economic situations, the Counseling & Education Center is still providing counseling for people of all ages, regardless of their income or insurance.

CEC is funded by grants and individual donations, and is now faced with a serious problem, a news release said.

The need for counseling was already on the rise in Mesa County, and now the anxiety, stress, and mental health needs in our community are higher than ever. As a nonprofit, we cannot continue our important work without additional funding.

Heres how CEC has responded to this crisis:

All CEC Counselors now offer therapy sessions via video or phone, whichever is most comfortable for the client. Scheduling is as flexible as possible.

Sliding-scale fees are being adjusted as clients lose their employment.

CEC has cancelled upcoming fundraising events and is seeking new grants.

If you are able to help us continue this critical work for Mesa Countys youth, adults and families, we would be immensely grateful, the release said.Call 243-9539 or 644-0173 or email for information.


In the effort to secure hard-to-come-by items that people or businesses may have, the Delta County Volunteer Coalition is organizing a drive-thru donation drive from 10 a.m.2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, in Delta, and at Heritage Hall in Hotchkiss.

There is a significant shortage of these items, which will go directly to local Delta County nursing homes and first responders. Needed items include baby formula, N95 face masks, nitrile and vinyl gloves (no latex), safety goggles or glasses, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, new or used clean face shields, Tyvek painter coveralls, disinfectant spray, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, shoe covers and surgical gowns.

Call Delta County volunteer coordinator Brian Ayers at 874-2082 for information.

Family Health West tele-health

Family Health West outpatient clinic physicians and therapists are now providing tele-medicine services.

This is the same excellent quality of care they give in their office using modern video conferencing technology, like Face-Time, so we can protect our community by minimizing close contact, a news release said.

Family Health West is pleased to offer another way for our patients to connect with their primary care and specialty care providers, obtain needed health care services, and provide high-quality medical care while also reducing the risk of exposing our patients to COVID-19, and other illnesses, said Family Health West President/CEO Dr. Korrey Klein in the release.

The Pediatric Therapy and The Autism Group are tele-meeting with their pediatric patients and families with great success and other clinics, such as the Arthritis Center of Western Colorado, Atlas Arch Neurosurgery, Redrock Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine and Canyon Rim Psychological Associates have begun tele-health visits.

Call 858-3900 for more information.

Sentinel online resources

The Daily Sentinel restaurant guide has been updated with changes and additions.

The Sentinel has also compiled a religious service guide with listings of area remote services that are being live-streamed on the internet.

Both listings can be found at and click on the COVID-19 tab at the top of the home page.

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Inside the Large Age Gap Between Former ‘NCIS’ Star Michael Weatherly and Wife Bojana Jankovic – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 1:44 am

Though now the leading man in the hit CBS series, Bull, many Michael Weatherly fans will always remember the actor for his career-catalyzing role as Agent Tony DiNozzo in NCIS. Boasting a successful TV career, the actor has grown quite a bit since his early Hollywood days in Foxs Dark Angel which starred one of Weatherlys famous loves, Jessica Alba.

Weatherly dated Alba who was then 18 after they met on the Fox show. While the actor proposed, the relationship didnt work out, and Weatherly went on to date and marry Amelia Heinle (American actress known for starring in the soap opera The Young and the Restless).

Amelie Heinle and Michael Weatherly were married from 1995 until 1997. Michael Weatherly is now married to Bojana Jankovic; the two wed in 2009. So, how did they meet? Who is Jankovic, and what does she do for a living? And, just how much older is Weatherly than the latest love of his life?

Bojana Jankovic is a writer and an assistant director known for TVWWW and Do Not Leave Me with Strangers. Jankovic has also appeared on Entertainment Tonight and Extra with Billy Bush.She is also an award-winning physician who is double board-certified in internal and integrative medicine. She founded the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center.

Jankovic and Weatherly reportedly met in a bar in Vancouver in 2007 (at least thats one of the most commonly reported stories). At the time, Weatherly was allegedly enjoying the single life, according to The couple has explained that their relationship beginnings involved several continents and was quite complicated. In the end, it was clearly meant to be.

In 2009, the couple tied the knot, and they bought a home in Hollywood Hills in 2012. However, when they tied the knot, Jankovic was still quite young, as there is a sizable age difference between Weatherly and his now-wife.

Michael Weatherly was born in 1968, making him 51 years old. On the other hand, Jankovic was born on May 7 in 1983. Jankovic is 36 today, yet she was still in her 20s when she married Weatherly back in 2009.

Maybe, theres something to true to the old saying that women mature faster than men. There is a 15 year age gap between the happy couple; however, it seems to work, as they have been together for over a decade and now have children together.

As for Liam Weatherly and Olivia Weatherly, the former is Weatherly and Jankovics 6-year-old son who was born in 2013, and the latter is their 7-year-old daughter born in 2012. Michael Weatherly also has one son from his previous marriage to Heinle, August Manning Weatherly, who is 24 years old.

So, Michael Weatherly has three kids. His eldest happens to be closer in age to his current wife than he is; however, anything goes in Hollywood! Its hard enough to find love in Tinseltown, and accounting for age differences minimizes the pool of potential candidates to too great an extent.So, heres to wishing the couple many more years together.

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An Exclusive With Dr. Sailaja Reddy on Building Immunity Through Diet and Exercise In Response to Coronavirus – India New England

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 1:44 am

WALTHAM, MAINDIA New England News today announced that it will release an exclusive video interview with Dr. Sailaja Reddy, MD on Friday on building immunity through diet and exercise in response to Coronavirus and other infectious diseases.

Immunity, says Dr. Reddy, is a defense system that has biological structure and process within humans that protects against diseases.

Dr. Reddy is a board certified physician in internal medicine who has developed integrative approaches to care for chronic medical conditions.

Our body builds immunity through healthy lifestyle. Diet, genetics and environment play a major role, says Dr. Reddy, adding that one should change lifestyle in order to build immunity.

A diet that is nutrient rich, with low sugar, good quality protein and less processed will strengthen your immune system, says Dr. Reddy. The latest science suggests that being fit boosts our immune systems, and that even a single workout can amplify and improve our ability to fight off germs.

Dr. Reddy also talks about: What is COVID-19 virus? How is it different from seasonal flu and previous pandemics? What step you can take for possible exposure? What are the three most important cooping skills during this stressful period?

Stay tuned for the interview. If you have any question regarding Coronavirus and Indian diet, please email to: .

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Letter to the President on Containing the Coronavirus Pandemic – Modern Ghana

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 1:44 am

On March 18, 2020, I watched live via You Tube on how Doctors from China, who served on the front lines in the fight against coronavirus pandemic, share their experience of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with U.S. experts via a conference call. TCM has been proven effective in the treatment of an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in China, showing that the ancient system of healing plays a complementary role to western medicine in fighting the infection.

WHO chief said Wuhan provides hope to the world that even the most severe situation of COVID-19 can be turned around. Yang Xiao, a doctor working in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, believes that the diagnosis and treatment scheme of COVID-19 plays an important role in the battle. China has updated the diagnosis and treatment scheme six times from Jan. 16 to March 4 based on its accumulating treatment experience. As an effective guide for the medical staff fighting against COVID-19, the scheme contributes to a continuous decline in mortality from the virus.

"Every word in the scheme was written with great caution, which showed a responsibility for the patients' lives," said Yang." The scheme plays a guiding role, especially for hospitals in some counties and cities in central China's Hubei Province."

About 20,000 boxes of the instant TCM mixture, which has proved effective in combating COVID-19 in Wuhan, Hubei province, reached the Netherlands on Tuesday. [Photo provided to]

China experience in COVID-19 fight

Three kinds of experience are crucial in the country's battle against the virus, said Zhang Boli, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

In Hubei, TCM treatment has been given to 90.6 percent of COVID-19 patients.

Clinical observation showed that the TCM has proven to be effective in the treatment of over 90 percent of all confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland, said Yu Yanhong, Party chief of the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, at a press conference in Wuhan.

In Hubei, TCM treatment has been given to 90.6 percent of COVID-19 patients.

Medical workers massage patients' acupuncture points at the Wuhan pulmonary hospital in Wuhan. Photo: Xinhua

While many scientists are skeptical about its benefits, traditional medicine has official support and has been endorsed by President Xi Jinping. It has been credited with curing tens of thousands of patients during the outbreak and is also being promoted beyond Chinas borders, as an alternative medical solution and a source of national pride.

One of the treatments being used is ephedra, which has been used to treat respiratory complaints since the 13th century, and a special soup in which it is mixed with poria, blackberry lily, apricot kernel and gypsum can help alleviate symptoms, according to official guidelines from the Chinese National Health Commission. The use of Chinese medicine has been supported by the national medical authorities during most recent pandemics, including the H1N1 flu outbreak in 2009 and H7N9 in 2013.

Chinese medicine mostly worked on the human immune system and could not replace invasive forms of treatment such as life support. Chinese health authorities have published a series of figures trying to prove the efficacy of Chinese medicine. Official figures showed that more than 50,000 recovered Covid-19 patients have been prescribed Chinese medicine in their treatment.

According to Hubeis provincial health commission, Chinese medicine has been used on 91.91 per cent of the patients as of mid-March. In the makeshift hospitals built temporarily to treat patients with mild symptoms, between 94 and 99 per cent of people were given Chinese medicine. For instance, Artemisinin is a globally recognized remedy for malaria derived from sweet wormwood, a plant used in TCM. Tu Youyou, the Chinese scientist who turned to ancient Chinese medical texts to find artemisinin, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2015.

The studies:

In a clinical trial of 102 patients with mild symptoms in Wuhan, patients with combined treatments compared with the control group of patients receiving only Western medicine, Yu said. Their recovery rate was 33% higher, she added. In another study of more serious cases, patients receiving combined treatments also left hospital sooner than the control group and had greater levels of oxygen in their blood and a higher lymphocyte count -- an important indicators of the health of recovering patients, according to Yu.

In another study by Wang et al 2020, titled Clinical characteristics and therapeutic procedure for four cases with 2019 novel coronavirus pneumonia receiving combined Chinese and Western medicine treatment published in the journal BioScience Trends Advance Publication. The authors report the clinical characteristics and therapeutic procedure for four patients with mild or severe 2019-nCoV pneumonia admitted to Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. All the patients were given antiviral treatment including lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra ), arbidol, and Shufeng Jiedu Capsule (SFJDC, a traditional Chinese medicine) and other necessary support care. After treatment, three patients gained significant improvement in pneumonia associated symptoms, two of whom were confirmed 2019-nCoV negative and discharged, and one of whom was virus negative at the first test. The remaining patient with severe pneumonia had shown signs of improvement by the cutoff date for data collection. They concluded that results obtained in the current study may provide clues for treatment of 2019-nCoV pneumonia

In another study by Zhang et al 2020, titled In silicons screening of Chinese herbal medicines with the potential to directly inhibit 2019 novel coronavirus published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine. The authors concluded that Chinese herbal remedies classically used for treating viral respiratory infection might contain direct anti-2019-nCoV compounds.

Chang et al 2020 study titled An Update on the Epidemiological, Clinical, Preventive and Therapeutic Evidence and Guidelines of Integrative Chinese-Western Medicine for the Management of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease published in the journal The American Journal of Chinese Medicine. According to the study authors: In China, Chinese medicine is proposed as a treatment option by national and provincial guidelines with substantial utilization. They had this to say : We reviewed the latest national and provincial clinical guidelines, retrospective cohort studies, and case series regarding the treatment of COVID-19 by add-on Chinese medicine. We have also reviewed the clinical evidence generated from SARS and H1N1 management with hypothesized mechanisms and latest in silico findings to identify candidate Chinese medicines for the consideration of possible trials and management. Given the paucity of strongly evidence-based regimens, the available data suggest that Chinese medicine could be considered as an adjunctive therapeutic option in the management of COVID-19

Yang et al 2020, study also titled Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Treatment of Patients Infected with 2019-New Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2): A Review and Perspective published in the journal International Journal of Biological Sciences the authors also supported the fact that at the top of these conventional therapies, greater than 85% of SARS-CoV-2 infected patients in China are receiving Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment.

Ling CQ, 2020 study titled Traditional Chinese medicine is a resource for drug discovery against 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine also asserted that in 2003, patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) who were treated with TCM benefited from shorter hospitalization, decrease in steroid-related side effects, and improvement of symptoms

Some TCM Formulas used

Three formulas and three medicines have proved to be effective in treating the infection, according to the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Here is a list of them.

1. Jinhua Qinggan granule

The Jinhua Qinggan granule was developed during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. It consists of 12 herbal components including honeysuckle, mint and licorice and can remove heat from the body and detoxify lungs. It has a curative effect in treating patients with mild and moderate symptoms and can also improve the recovery rate of lymphocytes and white blood cells as well as lower the rate of worsening conditions.

A comparative experiment showed patients who took Jinhua Qinggan granule tested negative for coronavirus 2.5 days earlier than a group that did not take it. The group treated with the granule also took eight days to show improvement, while the other group took 10.3 days.

2. Lianhua Qingwen capsule/granule

Lianhua Qingwen medicine is a very common TCM used for the treatment of cold and flu. Composed of 13 herbal components, it has a curative effect in patients with mild symptoms and helps to relieve fever, cough and fatigue. It can also help prevent the disease from worsening.

3. Xuebijing injection

This injection was developed and marketed during the SARS epidemic in 2003. It consists of five herbal extracts, and its main function is to detoxify and remove blood stasis. It is typically used to treat sepsis. It is effective in suppressing systemic inflammatory response syndrome induced by infection in the treatment of severe and critically ill patients, as well as repairing impaired organ function. Initial clinical studies have shown the injection, combined with Western medicine, can increase the rate of hospital discharge and reduce the rate of disease deterioration. Basic research has also found it has a certain antiviral effect in vitro that can significantly inhibit inflammatory factors induced by novel coronavirus. A comparative experiment of 710 cases jointly conducted by over 30 hospitals showed the injection, combined with regular treatment, can reduce the mortality rate of severe patients by 8.8 percent and shorten intensive care unit hospitalization by four days.

4. Lung Cleansing and Detoxifying decoction

The lung cleansing and detoxifying decoction is derived from several classic recipes in a TCM book known in English as Treatise on Cold Damage Diseases (Shang Han Za Bing Lun), which was written by doctor Zhang Zhongjing some time before 220 AD. It has 21 herbal components and is mainly effective in improving symptoms of fever, cough and fatigue as well as lung conditions in severe patients, as shown by CT scans. Studies have proved the decoction can regulate multiple cell signaling pathwaysas cells communicate with each other by receiving and processing chemical signals in response to environmental changesto inhibit virus replication. Huang Luqi, president of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, said 1,264 patients in 10 provinces received the decoction and 1,214 have recovered, accounting for 96.1 percent, and no cases worsening.

5. Huashi Baidu formula

Huashi Baidu formula is a core recipe developed by the national TCM team from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. Made up of 14 herbal components, the formula is based on the recommendations of the early national diagnosis and treatment plan as well as the experiences from clinical practice at Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital.

Its main use is to detoxify, remove dampness and heat from the body and relieve cough to achieve an inner-body balance. It can be used to treat patients with mild, moderate and severe conditions. This prescription has a comprehensive treatment effect during different stages of novel coronavirus pneumonia. It can significantly shorten the length of hospital stays and improve clinical symptoms and lung conditions, as shown by CT scans and other examinations. Studies on guinea pigs found the formula can reduce lung viral load by 30 percent.

6. Xuanfei Baidu granule

Xuanfei Baidu granule, with 13 herbal components, originates from several classic TCM recipes. It can detoxify the lungs and clear dampness and heat, and is used for treating patients with mild and moderate symptoms. Research has shown the prescription can shorten the time it takes for clinical symptoms to vanish and for temperatures to return to normal. It can also effectively prevent patients with mild and moderate symptoms from deteriorating. -China Daily/ANN

Mr. President, I believe it is time to support the traditional Medicine industry and this is the right time to show your support. You could also invite these practitioners and appeal to them to find remedies to complement the conventional efforts by the Medical industry. This COVID-19 fight is not one sided approach; but needs an integrative approach to handle it. Traditional Medicine Practitioners and their centers are more in number than conventional centers and they also need training in testing in their various centers. In fact, they are the first line health workers patients visit before going to the conventional centers, so any efforts to do away with them could be suicidal in your efforts to deal with the pandemic.

Hibiscus Tea could bring hope

Mr. Prez, Traditional Medicine could support people under quarantine in Ghana. For instance, a well know hibiscus Tea has been proven effective in flu management and could also be incorporated as part of the integrative approach in the disease management for those affected by the disease. We can produce hibiscus Tea in large quantities to support the efforts. In a recent 2019 study by Takeda et al titled Antiviral Activities of Hibiscus sabdariffa L. Tea Extract Against Human Influenza A Virus Rely Largely on Acidic pH but Partially on a Low-pH-Independent Mechanism published in the journal Food and Environmental Virology.

The authors analyzed the antiviral activity of hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) tea extract against human IAV and evaluated its potential as a novel anti-IAV drug and a safe inactivating agent for whole inactivated vaccine. The in vitro study revealed that the pH of hibiscus tea extract is acidic, and its rapid and potent antiviral activity relied largely on the acidic pH. However, hibiscus tea extract and protocatechuic acid, one of the major components of the extract, showed not only potent acid-dependent antiviral activity but also weak low-pH-independent activity. The low-pH-independent activity did not affect the conformation of immunodominant hemagglutinin protein. Although this low-pH-independent activity is very limited, it may be suitable for the application to medication and vaccination because this activity is not affected by the neutral blood environment and does not lose antigenicity of hemagglutinin. Further study of the low-pH-independent antiviral mechanism and attempts to enhance the antiviral activity may establish a novel anti-IAV therapy and vaccination strategy.

Also a 2016 study by High antiviral effects of hibiscus tea extract on the H5 subtypes of low and highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses and published Journal Veterinary Medicine Science.

The authors screened the antiviral effects of 11 herbal tea extracts (hibiscus, black tea, tencha, rosehip tea, burdock tea, green tea, jasmine tea, ginger tea, lavender tea, rose tea and oak tea) against the H5N1 HPAIV in vitro. Among the tested extracts, only the hibiscus extract and its fractionated extract (frHibis) highly and rapidly reduced the titers of all H5 HPAIVs and low pathogenic AIVs (LPAIVs) used in the pre-treatment tests of Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells that were inoculated with a mixture of the virus and the extract. Immunogold electron microscopy showed that anti-H5 monoclonal antibodies could not bind to the deformed H5 virus particles pretreated with frHibis. In post-treatment tests of MDCK cells cultured in the presence of frHibis after infection with H5N1 HPAIV, the frHibis inhibited viral replication and the expression of viral antigens and genes. Among the plants tested, hibiscus showed the most prominent antiviral effects against both H5 HPAIV and LPAIV.

Mr. President, taking into conclusion the possibility that hibiscus extract might prevent and treat life-threatening viral infection is all the more encouraging; especially considering that it is also known to have a very high threshold of safety. While the researchers did not speculate too deeply on the mechanism of action behind the observed ant-viral activity of hibiscus, noting only the possibility that its anthnocyanin pigment could be responsible, they suggested further studies should be conducted to identify the effectiveness components contained in hibiscus and to elucidate potential anti-viral mechanism in more detail.

They concluded:

"Our preliminary study showed that, in addition to the H5 subtype, hibiscus inactivated seven other subtypes (data not shown), whereas P. sidoides extracts inactivated human influenza viruses (H1N1 and H3N2) but not H5N1 HPAIV . Thus, hibiscus may be a promising candidate as a potent anti-influenza drug, irrespective of subtype".

Mr. Prez, this is the right time to involve practitioners of Traditional and Alternative medicine and Conventional Medicine Practitioners together to work as an integrative team to deal with the disease. Most of them knows their stuff very well and they may help in the fights against the pandemic. If China had done it, we surely can!

Thank You and God bless our home land Ghana!

The author is a distinguished researcher, practitioner and an honorary Professor of Naturopathic and Holistic Medicine-Vinnytsia State Pedagogical University, Ukraine, President of Nyarkotey Collge of Holistic Medicine and currently LLB Law/MBA student. He is the formulator of FDA approved Mens Formula for Prostate Health & Immune booster, Womens Formula for general wellness Nyarkotey Hibiscus Tea for Cardiovascular Health & wellness. Can be contacted by 0241083423/0541234556.

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